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Knowledge, attitudes and practices towards blood-borne pathogens in healthcare workers in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina


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Exposure to blood borne pathogens poses a serious risk to healthcare workers (HCWs). This study was undertaken to investigate knowledge, attitudes and practices among HCWs towards blood borne pathogens. We carried out a cross sectional KAP (Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice) study, using self-administered questionnaire. The study population consisted of 127(23.6%) physicians, and 410 (76.4%) nurses and laboratory technicians. Factor analysis and conditional multiple logistic regression were used in statistical analysis. We found that the knowledge of the epidemiological characteristics of blood-borne infection, the risk of acquisition and available preventative measures among HCWs is insufficient. Doctors were more knowledgeable about the transmissibility of blood borne pathogens regarding sexual transmission after percutaneous exposure (odds ratio) OR=2.71; 95% (confidence interval) CI=1.51–4.84, OR=2.45; 95% CI=1.21–4.96), respectively. Nurses reported professional exposure to patient’s blood more often than doctors (OR=0.90; 95% CI=0.84–0.96). Negative attitudes towards HIV positive patients were also noted. Less than half of HCWs used appropriate barriers (gloves, mask, and glasses) to protect them regularly. The compulsory preventive measures implied by the results of this study are continuous education, immunization against Hepatitis B, implementing Standard Precautions, as well as the development of written guidelines on the prevention of blood-borne infections.










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1 - 12 - 2009
3 - 10 - 2009


  • Institute of Epidemiology, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, 11000, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Medical Faculty Banja Luka, R Srpska, 78000, Balja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Institute of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, 11000, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Institute of Medical Statistics and Informatics, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, 11000, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Institute of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, 11000, Belgrade, Serbia


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